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Aug. 6th, 2008 | 04:57 pm
mood: happyhappy

I'm 31 today. Who's buying me a drank!?!

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Mar. 8th, 2008 | 03:34 pm
mood: tiredtired

Lots of incomplete sentences to follow . . .

Just returned from Paris

Gods of fate smiled upon me and sent me there for a week

Ate lots of yummy food and loaves of french bread and crepes

Passed my french exam so perhaps it was the exam god who took me there?

Eiffel tower is much bigger than I thought - the Mona Lisa is much smaller - very humbling to stroll in a museum and around each corner something magnificent, monet, whistler, manet, degas, van gogh

Glad I was in paris to avoid the crappy week that it appears has happened on the campaign trail. I just want it to be over. But still plan to go to Pennsylvania and canvass for Obama. Still, June can't come soon enough

6 hour time difference has me jet lagged . . . no I didn't shop . . . yes I regret it . . . back to bed for me.

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Yes We Can!

Feb. 4th, 2008 | 04:42 pm

I just got back from the Meadowlands for the Barack Obama rally and my heart is full. I don't have any other way to say it. I woke up early, stood in the snow, waited a few hours, but it was all worth it. I ended up being so close to the podium that when he came and greeted people, I got a close picture and an almost handshake. lol! I was so busy trying to take the picture that it didn't dawn on me to try to shake his hand. But as he was leaving and I yelled out "Mr. President," he smiled. It was beautiful. I wish I had more to say, but I'm so full, that I would take away from it by attempting to describe it in all of its awesomeness. I took many pictures. I hope you all enjoy.

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hello world

Nov. 4th, 2007 | 03:33 pm
mood: busy

Not too much going on for me. Same old thing, reading, writing, and workin' for the man.
One day soon I'm going to do a proper post. I got thangs to say! In the meantime, I'll just share some photos from my homemade photo shoots. lol! I took down my twists for a minute and decided to wear some puffs. It's slow going, but I'm getting the hang of being a natural gal.

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Okay, back to work! Also, a wonderful early happy birfday to lotus_n_my_hair! *big hugs*!

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Feets all up in it

Oct. 21st, 2007 | 06:02 pm

While I am known for my Panko encrusted Tilapia fillets served over rice pilaf and a fresh spring salad with sundried tomato balsamic dressing, I have just reached up into my grandmama's grandmama's grandmama's womb and pulled out Cornbread, sweet hominy, mustard greens and smothered lemon pepper and garlic chicken for Sunday dinner.

Passes out plates.

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Happy Birthday

Oct. 2nd, 2007 | 10:26 am


The lady who made me feel like I could write poetry. The one who always kept it real. I still think about you a lot. You touched my life more than you could ever know.

Love and miss are such fraught emotions. Together they are unsatisfying. But in spite of that, they are also pure. So, I render them as a representation of what's inside although they don't quite do the job. One who touched so many, who loved so deeply, who felt without shame, and fought without fear. I've learned from you. I've grown from you. That still continues regardless of whether you're physically here or somewhere floating in my quiet space. Reminding me of what's possible.

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I got yo random

Sep. 19th, 2007 | 05:59 pm


WTF is Talk Like a Pirate Day and who in the hell invented this? And other than saying "Arrr" "maytee" and affecting an Irish/Scottish/whatever the hell it is accent, what can you do? I need information!

How do you change your journal title and subtitle? I'm tired of being in the Simulacrum. I'm over it. LJs new buttons and other thingys do not agree with me. Help please.

And Shari Shephard - you're right; the world is flat - it's just that THE MAN wants us to believe it's round so we don't think we can overturn this bitch!

And I have something to say about folks who tell me the world ain't ready for a black or woman president. If ignant folks won't vote for someone because they are black or are a woman in this day and age, then mofos DESERVE what they get and I won't feel sorry for them one bit. If people let their antiquated views of race and gender overrule good sense about who would be the best leader, then eff em I say.

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Another Year

Aug. 7th, 2007 | 10:17 am
mood: busy

Thanks everyone for the birthday love. It is so appreciated. Overall, it was a nice day and I got two coach bags so no complaints around here.

Initially I was feeling a little blech about turning 30. This is the first age where I've really felt a difference. And for the first time ever, I looked at a person in their mid-twenties and saw them as young. But honestly this is a very positive change. I'm thankful for my life and the fact that I've lived to this age.

Plus, you're as young as you feel, so there's no need for me to stop dancing on tables and wearing miniskirts right? LOL!

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All gone

May. 21st, 2007 | 03:34 pm

Just sharing some pics of my big chop. I know I have a lot of natural ladies on my f-list. Thanks for the support. I cut it myself in my bathroom and then got it coiled.

ETA: I'm just realizing that I have an "Elvis Eyebrow" or The Rock's "The People's Eyebrow". I think one of my eyebrows is higher than the other. lol!
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Mar. 23rd, 2007 | 07:11 pm
mood: fullfull

Not too much to update. Just waving my hand really big and being dramatic. HEY!!!!!

Hope all is well in you all's worlds.

I do have a few feelings spinning in my head from the local news:
*I really hope Sean Bell's family gets justice.
*I wonder who put all that rat poison in cat and dog food. Whoever it was needs to be burned at the stake (I really don't think that was accidental).
*And speaking of rats, since the good ole rat debacle at the Taco Bell/KFC in the Village, I can't bring myself to eat at my fav. Wendy's right next to school because so many restaurants are being called out for rats. I need my jr. bacon cheesburgers to rock away my grad school blues, but alas, I'll be damned if it's being served up by mickey mouse and his little rodent friends.

I would talk about how I've been incredibly frisky lately, but it's so TMI that I'm going to leave that in the recesses of my mind until the freaky time is right. lol! I blame that completely on spring.

And lastly, a meme from the loverly shadowfae

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.

"(Interviewer): Yes, a number of things can get in the way of writing; lots of teachers of literature would like to write, but perhaps their teaching gets in the way of the writing. Now, you are a writer, and an editor and a teacher - how do you do it?"

(Morrison): Well, I suspect that full-time teaching would get in the way of writing for me because you have to think a certain way about the literature you are teaching, and I think that would spill over into the way in which one has to think when writing."

Taken from Conversations with Toni Morrison

For purely selfish reasons, I really want to thank you shadowfae for tagging me. I've been reading Morrison interviews to find inspiration for my own writing. Her insight has been so valuable to me. I hadn't gotten to page 23 yet, but it really captures part of what hinders my ability to really relax and get into the writing. Teaching literature makes me think about it much differently and often hinders my creativity. (Hell if I didn't have so many papers to grade all the time, maybe I could actually write something.) She goes on to offer her strategy for overcoming that - such as reading something totally outside of one's interest or experience in order to come to the work fresh with no ready-made thoughts about the nature of the text. I'm sure that it's not only teachers who suffer from outside hindrances to writing, but other things such as jobs, various irons in the fire, etc. that can get in the way.

Ultimately, I guess it's about prioritizing and setting a goal and just getting down to it. Which is what I'm trying to do. Wish me luck. : )

I tag all of my LJ friends because ya'll know I love books and I'd love to see your choices.

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